9 Most Beautiful Lakes in Mongolia
Mongolia is the second largest landlocked country in the world. But there are many beautiful lakes which looks endless, as same as the ocean. With this blog, we bring you the most beautiful lakes that tourists visit in Mongolia.
1. 8 lakes of Huis
Eight Lake National Park is located in the province of Uvurkhangai, in the Khangai range, and it has the typical landscapes of the Mongolian high mountains with their large forests of larches. The national park is located in a high mountains area comprising alpine meadows and forests of conifers (Siberian pines and Siberian larches).
The place is very cool and there can be snowstorms in June or August. In the heart of Summer, temperatures rarely go until 20°C during the day. 400 to 500 millimetres (16 – 32 inches) of rain fall each year. Inside the national park, we can see 50 species of birds, such as the black-throated loon, great cormorant, bar-headed goose, or whooper swan.
Lake Khuvsgul is the largest fresh water lake in Mongolia by volume and second largest by area. It is located near the northern border of Mongolia, about 200 km west of the southern end of Lake Baikal. It is nicknamed the “Younger sister” of those two “sister lakes”.
Khuvsgul is one of seventeen ancient lakes in the world, being more than 2 million years old, and the most pristine (apart from Lake Vostok), as well as being the most significant drinking water reserve of Mongolia. Its water is potable without any treatment. Khuvsgul is an ultraoligotrophic lake with low levels of nutrients, primary productivity and high-water clarity.
3. Khagiin Khar Lake
Khagiin Khar lake is a remote lake hidden in the deep interior forests of the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, part of the Hentii wilderness northeast from Ulaanbaatar. It is Mongolia’s only true wilderness in the sense that it is completely devoid of people and domestic animals. It is a realm of wolves, moose, red deer, gazelle, wild boar, lynx and brown bear.
Altitude of this lake is 1800 meters above see level. It is near the starting point of a number of Asian rivers, some of which drain north to the Arctic Ocean and others east to the Pacific Ocean.
4. Terkh White Lake
Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (Terkh White Lake ) is freshwater lake,located near the Khorgo volcano crater in Tariat soum in Arkhangai province. Fresh water and volcanogenic Terkh White Lake, is 16 km long from west to east and 6km wide from north to south. Khorgo dormant volcano, Terkhiin Tsagaan river and Khuduu river have been protected as a National Park since 1995. This lake was created as a result of a 4050 cm thick basaltic blockage of Terkhiin River, following the eruption of Khorgo volcano and some other volcanoes.
5. Ugii lake
Lake Ugii is a famous for its bird life. About 150 types of aquatic birds gather at Lake Ugii including scarce birds like a cape barren goose, a spoonbill, a Dalmatian pelican cranes and ducks. Here you will come across water bird research station. This bluish lake has an ait, where endangered migrating birds breed. Ramsar Convention has registered Ogii lake in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance for being important breeding and staging area for a variety of waterfowl.
We would also like to highlight the beautiful lakes, which are located in remote areas and are not visited by tourists.
6. Hyargas Lake
The Khyargas lake is one of the four lakes which cover more than 1000 square. Khyargas lake is elevated at 1023 m above sea level that is in the south of Uvs province, descended from tectonics. Khan Khukhii Mountain laying behind of Khyargas Lake is damaged from rainwater thus there are many creeks and chutes. And the south side of the Khyargas lake looks so beautiful that seems jutting the marble white rocks. Khyargas lake has many kinds of fishes that are pikes, herrings of Altai, herrings of Nokhoi and the migratory birds, which are rare, foregather mostly in the surround of the lake thus there is a gorgeous native land wherever unrepeatable. # Lakes in Mongolia
7. Uvs Lake
Uvs Lake is the largest saline lake (3,350 sq. km) in Mongolia and forms unique wetlands in the Great Lakes Depression. Its salinity varies between 3 and 35 g/l. The whole area measures 10,688 sq. km. The range lies at altitudes between 2,500 and 4,000 m. Uvs Lake underlies, compared to locations of the earth at the same altitude, both the coldest and the warmest as well as the driest conditions. Since 1997, the Uvs-Nuur-Basin is recognised as UNESCO biosphere reserve. At Uvs Lake , more than 220 bird species are counted. # Lakes in Mongolia
8. Buir Lake
Buir Lake is the biggest lake of eastern Mongolia. It is not only beautiful, also famous by its flora and fauna. This place is most suitable place to swim. Globally Threatened species of birds found at Buir Lake comprise Oriental Stork (EN), Swan Goose (EN; in summer 2002, over half of the global population was recorded on the lake), Baikal Teal (VU), Pallas’s Fish-eagle (VU), Lesser Kestrel (VU), Siberian Cranes (CR), White-naped Crane (VU), Great Bustard (VU) and Relict Gull (VU). # Lakes in Mongolia
9. Ulaagchnii Har Lake
The Ulaagchiin Khar Lake is located in a great lakes depression, surrounded by fine sand dunes and mountains. The lake was formed about 5000 years ago and considered one of the oldest lakes in the world and covers 1980 m2, 48 m deep, 30 km long, 5-10 km wide. There are 2 islands in the middle of the lake, raised up to 3000 m above sea level. # Lakes in Mongolia